rack and snail

noun

Definition of rack and snail

: a mechanical arrangement in striking timepieces that allows the hands to be advanced to correct time without waiting for the striking to run through — compare rack entry 3 sense 8c

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History and Etymology for rack and snail

rack entry 3

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“Rack and snail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rack%20and%20snail. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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